With Aston Villa consolidating their position in the Premier League as we avoided relegation by the skin of our teeth on the final day, there can’t be a single fan out there who doesn’t agree we need to significantly strengthen at the top of the pitch, and Liverpool’s Divock Origi has become a firm favourite on the rumour mill this past week.
The Sun were one of many to report on our apparent interest in the 25-year-old Belgian striker, and it’s not the first time he’s been linked with us either – although it is fair to say his scoring record given his use mainly as a substitute isn’t too shabby at all.
Mention of his name does split fans but even if he’s not the ‘wow’ signing some are hoping for, his Premier League and Champions League experience more than indicates he could do a decent job for us given our current striking options.
Would Origi Be A Welcomed Addition?
It seems former player Keven Phillips agrees and speaking to Football Insider recently he felt Origi would be a ‘great signing’ and would definitely improve us on the pitch.
“It is an area that Villa really struggled in last season. I like Divock Origi. Whenever he plays he puts in a performance. He has never let Liverpool down when he has come on. But whether he is a central striker I am undecided. He likes to drift out wide onto that left-hand side. He has certainly got ability though so if Dean Smith could capture he that would be a fantastic signing. Origi will improve any squad. If he gets brought in though, a few players will have to move on. That is only natural.”
Whilst a deal does make some sense really from our point of view, this seems like a non-starter to me given Jurgen Klopp uses him regularly (41 appearances in total in 2019/20) and he’s under contract until 2024 (new deal signed last summer).